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The Schopenhauer Cure

A Novel
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work - and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some 20 years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured - miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - and is himself a philosophical counselor in training. 

Philip's dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.

©2005 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2018 Tantor

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Emotional, insightful, profound

A book about a therapist and a group of patients might not sound like much, and if you're looking for action and adventure this is not the book for you. However, the way Yalom paints the characters and their various stories and relationships together through the progression of the group therapy I found nothing short of marvellous. Borrowing wisdom from the worlds of philosophy, psychotherapy, and the life of Schopenhauer, he weaves some fairly long, at times almost academic prose into the narrative without labouring the point or losing the reader's interest.

That and it has an redemptive, almost cathartic ending that will definitely pull on your heartstrings.

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Terrible narration

The voice and the way this was read was really awful and sounds like a robot. What a shame that the brilliant Irvin Yalom has been destroyed by this.

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  • Jonathon
  • 02-10-18

Bravo!!

I sat in my driveway many evenings enraptured with the content of this book and the performance of the narrator.

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  • cristal java
  • 07-12-18

Great story excellent narration.

This is novel combines philosophy, therapeutic advice, and a compelling story line. The narrative is expertly done. I was assigned this book for class but I devoured it like a treat.

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  • Ekaterina
  • 02-03-19

The Schopenhauer Cure

It’s a beautiful book about life and death that is saturated with strikingly real emotions. The book presents a realistic view on what group therapy is, the power of it. I really liked the narrator, who made the characters even more vivid for me. I especially recommend this book to anybody who likes psychology and to mental health professions.

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  • Roberto Newell
  • 22-09-18

Pompous and predictable

The author tries to give life to a set of two-dimensional figures who are modeled after archetypical figures. Tedious.

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